10 Ways to Go Wild with a Trip to a Michigan Zoo
Michigan boasts an assortment of zoos and wildlife parks that are both educational and fun for all ages. So, grab some sunscreen and bottled water and get ready for a wild day of fun at these Michigan zoos and parks!
1. Detroit Zoo - Royal Oak
Featuring 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits with more than 2,500 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates of 280 different species, The Detroit Zoo is a spectacular place to visit. Be sure to take a trek through the North Pole in the Arctic Ring of Life exhibit, one of North America's largest polar bear habitats and home to arctic foxes and seals. You also won't want to miss the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Did you know the Detroit Zoo was the first in the United States to use open natural exhibits?
2. Potter Park Zoo - Lansing
Located along the Red Cedar River, the Potter Park Zoo is a 58-acre zoo located in the capital city of Lansing, Michigan within Lansing's Potter Park. With over 500 animal residents representing approximately 160 different species, there is always something new and exciting to see. From special events to programs for children and adults, the zoo offers family fun and enrichment. Come explore the zoo and help to celebrate, study and protect the diversity of animals and their habitats.
An adventure awaits you at Binder Park Zoo! Discover spectacular views of wild animals from elevated boardwalks. Get nose-to-nose with one of the largest giraffe herds in the country as you explore Wild Africa and hand feed a giraffe! Binder Park is open from mid-April through October each year.
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park features a reptile house, aviary, petting zoo and guided safari tour through the park and prides itself on giving visitors a hands-on experience that's as close to the wild as you can get. With animals as diverse as wallabies, zebras, pythons and lemurs, there is sure to be something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Come fall, head to the zoo for the annual ZooBoo to celebrate halloween with pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, animal presentations and even a haunted hayride.
John Ball Zoo, with over 2,000 animals, is located in a park only one mile from the downtown Grand Rapids district. An impressive animal collection features lions, tigers and bears along with a troop of chimpanzees, penguins, lemurs, reptiles, and more. The zoo offers a four story, 600-foot zipline ride and a 4-story ropes course to keep the teens and tweens interested!
8. Roscommon Zoo - Roscommon
Roscommon Zoo is a family owned and operated zoo/petting zoo located in Crawford County, just minutes from downtown Roscommon. The scenic 20 acres is home to various native and non-native exotic animals as well as domestic farm animals. Many of the animals have been highly socialized, making for unique interactive experiences between you, the visitor, and some amazing creatures.